The Lodge at Chaa Creek
Cayo District, Mayan Mountains, Belize
At a Glance
Set in a 365 acre private nature reserve at the foothills of the Maya Mountains, Chaa Creek's green practices and sustainable tourism focus have won multiple awards
An endless array of family friendly activities are on offer ranging from canoeing, biking, horse riding, to exploring the rainforest medicine trail
A wide range of accomodation styles are available with a fantastic contrast of modern and rustic touches means there is something for every taste
Not only is there a lovely spa onite, but there's also an infinity pool, butterfly exhibit, stables, natural history centre, organic garden, and a wood working shop!
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Belize's climate is marked by two distinct seasons, the rainy season (June to November) and the dry season (December to May). The coldest month is January and the warmest temperatures are in May.
The busier time of the year for travellers to Belize is November to May, which are the winter months of the Northern Hemisphere. It is possible to visit out-side of these months but the rainy season in the Forest Highlands can be rather wet.
To start planning your holiday to The Lodge at Chaa Creek
Successfully blending refined comfort with endless adventure opportunities, The Lodge at Chaa Creek is an established sustainable eco-resort and 365-acre private nature reserve, set alongside the banks of the Macal River in the Cayo District of Belize.
The Lodge at Chaa Creek is recognised as a perfect model of sustainable development within Belize’s rainforest and has won many awards for its approach towards responsible tourism.
The 23 thatch-roofed and stucco cottages reflect the traditional architecture of the region. Each cottage has beautiful Mexican tiled floors, large mahogany beds, original artwork and private bathrooms with hot showers. The two modern Ix Chel villas offer a truly luxurious experience, with Jacuzzis, al fresco showers, plunge pools and personal butler service, as well as hi-spec accommodation.Each has two bedrooms making them perfect for families or two couples travelling together.
There is a lovely restaurant serving a combination of modern and traditional cooking techniques with fresh local produce, much of which is sourced from the lodge's organic Mayan farm. The hilltop spa offers a perfect way to relax and unwind at the end of a day of discovery and exploration. There is also a large infinity swimming pool which is an inviting way to cool off.
The lodge has its very own stable of well-trained horses, allowing you to explore the heart of the reserve on horseback. One can also explore the natural wonders of the remarkable Rio Frio Caves or the Rio On pools, then meander down the Macal River in an authentic dugout canoe and catch a glimpse of the abundant river wildlife.
23 palm thatched cottage rooms ensure a good night’s sleep and delightful mornings accompanied by the sing song of a rainforest waking up. Guests can choose a Complete Garden Suite, an Orchard and Spa Villa, Macal Cottage or Tree Top Suite, some equipped with a Jacuzzi for even extra comfort. There are two Ix Chel Villas which are modern in design and ultra-luxurious, with private plunge pool, Jacuzzi, two bedrooms, butler service and full length glass doors and windows to allow the sights and sounds of the forest in.
Children are welcomed at the lodge. Under 18s have free rooms if accompanied by adults. For meals, 1-5 year olds are free and 6-11 year olds are half-price.
Facilities at Chaa Creek include an infinity swimming pool and the Hilltop Spa, set above the winding Macal River with a panoramic view of the Maya Mountains and lush Caribbean rainforest, 365 acres of private nature reserve and gardens.
They are proud to have one of the best restaurants in Belize, and their hilltop spa and airy jungle bar ensure complete relaxation after a day filled with discovery and adventure. Rest assured that a stay at Chaa Creek contributes towards sustainable and culturally responsible tourism – they'll be happy to point out their award winning approach towards creating a green experience.
Complimentary activities include entry into the rainforest reserve, guided tours of the natural history centre and butterfly farm, access to the Ruta Maya trail system, canoeing, early morning bird walks with a naturalist guide and tour of the rainforest medicine trail. Activities at an extra charge include horseback riding, mountain biking, spa treatments, cave expeditions, inner tubing, visits to ancient Mayan ruins, nature hikes, sunset and evening canoe tours and Mountain Pine Ridge tour.
Camilla Greenwood (Staff)
What makes The Lodge at Chaa Creek so special is the lovely, warm unassuming atmosphere; an atmosphere which I imagine would have come about the day it opened in the 1980s and has remained unchanged all this time largely due to the lovely owners, Mick and Lucy, and their fantastic team. Having said that, this beautiful eco-friendly jungle lodge is not to be underestimated - in addition to their rustic cottages and suites they have recently opened the stunning Ix chel Villas which are the definition of luxury. Equipped with a private butler, AC, a jacuzzi, an infinity pool and 2 beautiful bedrooms overlooking the Macal River, you won't find accommodation more luxurious than this in the Cayo District. It's a great option for families or two couples to share.
Sammy Green (Staff)
Chaa Creek is a fantastic option for families. Their range of activities are extensive, including night wildlife walks, hiking, bicycles, kayaking, canoeing and many more, there is plenty to keep the whole family busy. And for a lazy day at the lodge their infinity pool is great for cooling off from the hot Belizean sun. There is no Wi-Fi or air-conditioning in the rooms.
Mark Beken (Staff)
I thought Chaa Creek was a good place for families to get a taste of the rich natural environment that Belize has to offer, and there are certainly plenty of activities to keep the children occupied, from river tubing to horse riding and nature trails. I liked the fact that there is a system of mountain bike paths that you can follow which will give you an idea of the variety of this large estate. Chaa Creek is jungle-light but offers all the facilities that you might want for a comfortable stay, and the treehouses are very nice, and a great place to see the wildlife wake up on the river.
ATM Cave Adventure
Actun Tunichil Muknal or ATM caves is one of Belize’s most impressive adventure experiences and a rare opportunity to see ancient Maya ceremonial sites and altars as they were and virtually untouched for centuries.
Cave Tubing - Caves Branch
Float on rubber tubes on crystal clear waters, through majestic caverns with breathtaking stalagmite and stalactite formations. Discover the secrets of the ancient Mayas tubing through an underground realm known as the Mayan underworld.
Explore the majestic Mayan ruins at Xunantunich with your very own private guide. This classic period site was a thriving city near the end of the Classic period and provides an impressive view of the entire Mopan River valley.
Horseback Riding Cayo District
Follow trails through the rain forest visiting Mayan plazas and ceremonial sites, including Skeleton Cave. Finish the day at Big Rock Falls, where you can take a refreshing dip and enjoy a picnic lunch before heading back to your lodge.
Hot Sauce & Rum Tasting Tour
San Ignacio is known as the heart and soul of the Cayo District and is a vibrant, buzzing town with plenty of character, Caribbean colour and an easy-going Belizean charm. Sample delicious local rums and hot sauces on this half day tour.
Temples of Tikal
Experience one of the Maya world's most impressive and evocative temple complexes, Tikal, and feel like a true Indiana Jones. Tikal is arguably the greatest of all Mayan cities. Enjoy a fascinating private guided tour with your very own archaeology guide.
Family Fun in Belize
Miami, Cayo District, Mountain Pine Ridge & Ambergris Caye
from £5600 pp inc flights & transfers for 13 nights
- Keep your eyes peeled for an array of wildlife and bird species at Chaa Creek which sits deep within the Belizean jungle
- Spend a couple of nights in Miami to break up the journey to Belize and enjoy soaking in its lively atmosphere and Art Deco architecture
- Easy access to some of Belize's most pristine reefs from Victoria House, perfect for diving and snorkelling
Family Fun in Guatemala & Belize
Antigua, Tikal, Forest Highlands & Placencia
from £3800 pp inc flights & transfers for 11 nights
- A perfect introduction to the highlights, natural and man-made, of the Maya world
- Great itinerary for families wanting a dash of adventure
- Enjoy the sheer variety on offer in Central America, from colourful market towns and Mayan jungle temples to Indiana Jones-style adventures and beach relaxation
Imagine Guatemala and Belize
Antigua, Lake Atitlan, Lake Peten, Cayo District & Placencia
from £3600 pp inc flights & transfers for 13 nights
- This adventure-packed itinerary will suit those wanting to discover more about the fascinating history of the ancient Maya civilisation and the more recent Spanish colonial influence that has influenced this region.
- Stay at unique and luxurious properties, full of boutique charm and well positioned to make the most of each destination along the way.
- Journey through pretty colonial towns and meet indigenous communities in remote villages, soak up spectacular lake views which reflect the softly puffing volcanoes on the horizon.
Orange Walk, Cayo District, Hopkins & Ambergris Caye
from £4800 pp inc flights & transfers for 13 nights
- Combining reef and rainforest, this two-week trip explores the very best of Belize at its most raw and wild.
- A haven for wildlife, inland Belize is mostly untouched by tourism, and natural habitats thrive in the tropical conditions.
- Explore magnificent ancient temples and embark on adventurous activities such as kayaking, horse-riding and nocturnal walks.
Location & directions
Cayo District, Mayan Mountains, Belize
The Lodge at Chaa Creek is set along the banks of the Macal River and reaching towards the foothills of the Maya Mountains. It is a short drive from San Ignacio Town.
How to get there
12 hour international flight (via Miami) to Philip S. W. Goldson International Airport in Belize City. The Lodge at Chaa Creek is a 2-hour drive from the airport. Alternatively it can be reached easily from Tikal in Guatemala.
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